Having suffered two consecutive defeats to Carl Froch, George Groves is now looking to put that disappointment behind him and write the next chapter of his boxing career.
The former British and Commonwealth Champion faces Christopher Rebrasse at the newly re-named SSE Arena in a European Super Middleweight title shootout, which decides the mandatory challenger for Anthony Dirrell’s WBC title.
At the opening of his recently constructed gym, Groves spoke to World Boxing News about his previous match ups with ‘The Cobra’.
He said: “The Froch fight I could definitely put to bed but, I’ll never be happy and content with the result because I never want to lose; it’s not good enough and getting knocked out is something I will never be able to accept.”
Having been previously undefeated before his first bout against Froch, at the Phones 4 U Arena, in November 2013, Groves now boasts a record of 19 (15) – 2 – 0 and will be looking to claim his 20th win against the Frenchman on Saturday night.
The orthodox fighter also spoke about his return to action saying: “I’m excited about boxing. I’m excited about getting back to winning ways.”
L’iceberg should be taken lightly
Nicknamed L’iceberg, Rabrasse is somewhat of an unknown quantity to many British boxing fans.He boasts a record of 22 wins, two losses and three draws. However, the 28-year-old has only knocked out six of his previous opponents.
Saint George Groves, as he is commonly named, admits to have never seen him box live, or know of anyone he has faced. The only knowledge he has of the fighter from Levallois-Perret is youtube clips and his record on boxrec.
However the Hammersmith lad believes in his own ability to get the job done on Saturday night, saying: “I’m here, I mean business and I’m better than him. Basically that’s the bottom line.”
Dirrell believes he is undeserving
Should Groves come through the fight, in the shadow of Wembley Stadium, where he was flatten by the devastating right hand of Carl Froch, he will be the mandatory challenger for Dirrell’s WBC belt.
But the American Champion, who has a record of 27(22)- 0 – 1 does not believe that a man who has lost two consecutive fights should be eligible for a world title fight so soon after these defeats.
It is well known that Dirrell would much rather fight Carl himself, with Froch yet to name another opponent since his wins against Groves.
Whatever is to come in the future it is sure to be a great night of boxing as Groves, who won many fans for his spirit performances against Froch jumps back in the ring on Saturday night.